There's still no robot that can successfully fake unconditional love or a child's innocent laughter. But thanks to a team of German tinkerers, there now is one that can emulate a child's uninvited wall art.
Vertwalker is a project by the Berlin-based creative studio Sonice Development. Using a series of custom sensors, it darts from one edge of the wall space to the other, dragging a marker or crayon behind it as it goes, creating giant matrix of colourful lines. Essentially, it's an anti-Roomba that clings to your wall and — instead of cleaning — scrawls on it like an especially naughty (and very tall) child.
The specifics of how exactly the Vertwalker pulls off its gravity-defying antics aren't entirely clear, but its prowess at vandalism is unmatched. It might not be the kind of art you want drawn directly on your wall, sure — but all things considered, the results are kind of intriguing. And if that's the kind of thing you're into, it's probably way easier than getting an actual child. [DesignBoom]